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Manicotti

 

Manicotti
 
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Ingredients
  • Manicotti pasta shells
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 3 Cup cooked ham, chopped
  • 1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 Cups milk
  • 2 Cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • Freezer wrap
Instructions
  1. Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic.
  3. Cook until tender about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add the ham and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in ½ C of the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  8. Drain and allow to cool.
  9. Place the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  10. Cook until butter becomes foamy looking.
  11. Carefully stir in the flour.
  12. Cook 3 minutes until it begins to bubble.
  13. Be sure to stir continuously so the flour doesn't burn.
  14. Carefully pour in the milk.
  15. Stir continuously until the sauce begins to thicken.
  16. Stir in the Swiss cheese until smooth.
  17. Place ¼ of the cheese sauce into the ham mixture and stir.
  18. Fill each shell with the ham mixture.
  19. Place enough cheese sauce to cover the bottom of a large glass baking dish.
  20. Place the shells in the cheese sauce.
  21. Pour the rest of the cheese sauce over the top of the pasta shells.
  22. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  23. Once cool wrap with the freezer wrap and freeze for up to 2 months.
  24. When ready to cook thaw the dish overnight in the refrigerator.
  25. Uncover and cover with the ½ grated Parmesan cheese.
  26. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  27. Bake casserole for 1 hour or until heated completely through.

 

Save Money With These 5 Kitchen Staples

Ever wonder how our ancestors always seemed to have food on the table even in lean times? When we are visiting the grocery store every week to the tune of hundreds of dollars, we long to know their secret. In fact it isn’t a secret at all. It is actually good planning and preparation on their part. Once we realize this and begin doing as they did, we too will see our dollar stretch further.

 

The items that we have on hand are what determine how far our food will go. Filling your cabinets or pantry with a few useful staples can be the difference between a trip to the grocery store each and every week versus once or twice a month. Stocking just a few choice items is all you need to create wonderful meals.

 

  1. Flour. Flour is a starter item for many recipes. You can add it to some water and make gravy in the pan for many meat dishes. Flour is used to make bread (biscuits, rolls, loaves) and to coat chicken. It can also be used to coat a round or square cake pan to prevent the cake from sticking. Of course, one of the favorite uses for flour is in cookie recipes that make scrumptious desserts.

 

  1. Rice. My husband loves rice so much that we once bought a fifty pound bag from a grocery store in his hometown. Fifty pounds! Rice is a side dish, but it doesn’t have to be plain. It can be jazzed up with veggies to accompany dinner. My mother uses leftover rice for a dessert called sweet rice. Just add evaporated milk and some sugar to a bowl of rice and warm it in the microwave. It is a tasty treat for after dinner. Another popular dessert is rice pudding. Rice can also be mixed with leftover meat and a cream soup to form a casserole. Rice has many uses and your sure to find a few that your family will love.

 

  1. Pasta. There are many different pasta choices and all have great uses. Manicotti can be stuffed with tomato sauce and cheeses. Macaroni can be used to make a creamy salad and also is great combined with cheese or spaghetti sauce. Spiral pasta is used in many different pasta salads. Spaghetti can be used in a casserole topped with cheese or in the traditional way with tomato sauce and meat.

 

  1. Spices. There are other ways to season food besides salt and pepper. In fact, many spices taste better than salt. Even diehard salt-a-holics won’t miss the salt in foods if other seasonings are used. Cayenne pepper, chili powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, oregano, and garlic powder are all useful tools in your flavor arsenal to give foods a fresh new taste.

 

  1. Beans. There go those beans again. Beans can top your salad (edamame), make an awesome dip (black beans), and go well with grilled foods (baked beans). They provide a good source of protein with very little fat. Beans are good in soups, stews, and over rice for a simple yet filling meal.

 

Do you have these staples in your kitchen? You can probably think of several more that will enhance your pantry and save money. Start with these and grow your own list of basic kitchen staples that are versatile and economical.